“It’s pretty standard fare in political discourse. You misconstrue what somebody said. You isolate a statement, you lend your interpretation to it and then feign moral outrage. And Democrats have been doing it for years.” – John. F. Kerry.
This week, finally, President Trump will make a visit to the U.K (Brexit crisis permitting) to meet with British politicians and officials.
From the mind of any sane person, the visit couldn’t come at a better time for the needs of the U.K. Both of our nations are working closely together on international relations, and as the Brexit date edges closer, Brits are in need of new partners for international trade and cooperation; and as Trump is arguably somewhat of an Anglophile, rejecting a chance to woo the most powerful politician in the world would be a ridiculous mistake to make. Particularly as our closest economic and political rival, France, cozies up with the President to forge a renewed special relationship.
However, the British political establishment and commentariat have apparently lost their sanity. They have put roadblocks in place and caused such a racket that Trump’s visits has been repeatedly pushed back for fears of the reaction of hysterical anti-Trump protestors.
As much as I respect the right of individuals to have free speech and protest any issue they so desire, I question the fervour of the Trump haters here in the U.K. It feels as if the strength of feeling that is on display is entirely an act of personal virtue signalling and an example of a growing and toxic group mentality/ identity-based politics. Indeed, the now infamous ‘Trump Baby’ balloon to be flown in London during the U.S visit, probably says more about the juvenile approach and attitude to ethics and human rights of the protesters than it says about Donald Trump and his administration.
If these protestors were so genuinely apposed to the negative qualities and actions they accuse Trump of, they would simply be spiralling out of control protesting some of the actions of governments and tyrants around the world, some of whom are committing some of the most misogynistic, genocidal and gruesome crimes imaginable.
To put things into perspective, the Libertarian has compiled a list of 5 more scandalous things to be concerned and outraged about than the visit of the leader of the freest nation on earth to our country.
Iran, one of the world’s most oppressive and tyrannical regimes does very little to hide the daily oppression of its people and the despicable brutality it inflicts on those who simply dare to peacefully protest. Not only are tens of millions of women forced to wear the veil by law, punishable by prison time and beatings, journalists are also publicly whipped in the street for having an opinion. Peaceful protesters, including women, are also casually shot in the street for doing what is simply a daily occurrence on College Green or at Speakers Corner. Women are also discriminated against in the courts, with their testimony worth less or half of that of a man’s.
Turkey, once a shining light for a seemingly secular, tolerant and free nation in the Middle East is certainly anything but tolerant. Particularly under the rule of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He has, during his time as leader, shut down freedoms of the press and academia, invaded Kurdish areas of Syria and begun a process of population replacement, terror and arguable genocide. He strokes the heads of terrified, crying children and tells his people and the press that one day they will be martyred for the motherland. News outlets that are his known mouthpieces have also called for an Islamic army to destroy Israel. Similarly, they have also talked of resurrecting the Ottoman Empire and of invading the sovereign territory of Greece.
- Legal FGM Practices
“It is estimated that about 100 – 140 million women worldwide have undergone FGM, with an additional three million girls and women undergoing the procedure every year. FGMis prevalent in about 28 African countries and among a few minority groups in Asia. Prevalence varies significantly from one country to another. For example, the prevalence rate is 92% in Mali, compared to 28% in Senegal. In addition, there are many immigrant women in Europe, Canada, and the United States who have undergone FGM. It is estimated that 15% of all circumcised women have undergone the most severe form of FGM—infibulation, which involves the stitching and narrowing of the vaginal opening. However, approximately 80% to 90% of all circumcisions in Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan are of this type.” – Quote obtained from https://www.reproductiverights.org
Socialist utopia, Venezuela now routinely drags political opponents from their beds in the middle of the night to be put under arrest, protesters of the undemocratic regime are chased and gunned down in the streets. Businesses in Venezuela have had their property seized and the people are starving to death – Indeed, Infant mortality is soaring in Venezuela at a rate higher than in Syria. President Maduro has even blocked every single new law proposed by the democratically elected legislature and stopped a ‘constitutional recall referendum’ rightfully convened by the National Assembly, which would have removed him from power, through democratic means.
- Indentured & Outright Slavery in Africa & the UAE
In recent years pictures have emerged from the coasts of Africa, in nations like Libya where people smugglers are openly holding slave markets. According to the United Nations, people described as “Arabs” are buying and selling sub-Saharan migrants in town squares and markets. Even in countries we regard as highly developed and ‘rich’ still have criminally backward practices when it comes to workers rights and indentured slavery. Dubai and the UAE for example has used indentured slaves from countries such as India, where migrant workers have their passports taken away, are forced to work for hours in the blistering heat and are made to live in overcrowded slums at the mercy of their ‘employers’. Maids from both India and East Asia are also treated similarly, having their passports taken away and are kept as house slaves with no prospect of returning home or being treated fairly by their ‘employers’.